Every time I venture into a newsstand at the airport I’m reminded of just how limited Black women’s choices are when it comes to magazines with content specifically for us. We know the standard names: Ebony and Essence. But have you heard of Hannah?

Created by Qimmah Saafir, a writer and fact-checker who’s worked at major mags for more than 10 years, Hannah is a bi-annual glossy with the look of a high-fashion magazine that will cater to Black women’s many interests from shoes to sociopolitical issues and beauty tips to tech. And the name has a cool double meaning. In Hebrew, Hannah means “Grace,” but it’s also the name Saafir’s late father used to call the sun. Speaking on her decision to venture into publishing Saafir told The Huffington Post:

“I just started to realize that the publications that I loved weren’t meant for me or weren’t necessarily concerned with representing me or my demographic or what I like.

“We all like different things, so why not have a plethora of magazines that speak to women of color just like they have a plethora of magazines that speak to white women or Asian women. I feel like we deserve to have diversity within our own community — representing the different types of us.”

A look at Hannah’s website already gives you a good idea of what Saafir, who serves as Creative Director and Editor-in-Chief of the magazine, plans to accomplish with a print version, which for now is just a dream — and a Kickstarter campaign. The goal is to raise $30,000 to produce and distribute the inaugural issue of the magazine and maintain ownership of the product. When asked whether she’d sell the mag to a larger publishing company should it take off, Saafir said no thanks.

“I’ve seen what happens to magazines when that happens. It completely shifts the voice and they have to answer to a slew of people that don’t really get it.”

It’s nice to see she gets it. There are only five days left to help Hannah become a print reality. To donate to the campaign, click here.

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  • Noirluv45

    This is what I’m talking about! We need to create our own instead of begging others for acceptance. I’m so proud of her and will be donating to get this magazine off and running. I also like the fact that she will not sell out when the magazine is off and running.

    • i mean

      Yes! This is actually how I got into Clutch in the first place. I used to subscribe to “Jones” magazine, a Black fashion mag, but they NEVER updated their content. So one day I stumbled across Clutch when looking for a new magazine that catered to Black women. I originally thought Clutch was a print magazine lol, I remember looking high and low for subscription info. And that was about 5 years ago, my how time flies.

    • Noirluv45

      It’s so important to support our own! i mean, I, too, really enjoy Clutch because of the spectrum of topics and the ability to have adult conversations unlike many Black-oriented blogs out there.

      Time truly does fly, and the older I get, the faster it seems to fly. LOL.

    • i mean

      Yes it is NoirLuv, and I am so excited for this magazine. Images of beautiful Black people just makes my heart flutter. We are truly magic.

    • Noirluv45

      Yes, indeed, i mean, we are all THAT! :-D

  • This is excellent news. Diverse information about the lives of black women should be shown in magazine form. Hannah is certainly creative. Black women have every right to express their diverse voices in the world. I’m glad that she said that she won’t sell her magazine to big corporate entities. She wants to have ownership over her work. That is a great, because ownership relates to power. We certainly need more power as black people. I wish the very best for Qimmah Saafir.